World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan meets Anthony McGill in the Last 16 of the International Championship in Tianjin on Wednesday.
O’Sullivan eased his way through his held over qualifying round match against Ken Doherty on Sunday, recovering from losing the first frame to reel off six in a row for a commanding victory.
He then hit back from 2-0 down to see off Mark Joyce 6-3 with the aid of three clinical century breaks, before dispatching Jak Jones 6-4 in the Last 16 on Tuesday.
O’Sullivan’s tournament appearances have almost exclusively all come in China this season, with the exception of a Third Round exit at the English Open on home soil in Essex a month ago.
The Rocket retained the Shanghai Masters invitational title in September and was a quarter-finalist at the Wuhan Open, before withdrawing from the recent Northern Ireland Open.
The seven-time World Champion is making a fifth appearance in the International Championship – a first since 2017 – with a run to the Quarter-Finals in 2014 marking his best display to date.
McGill is already enjoying his best run in this tournament at the eighth time of asking, having previously failed to progress beyond the Second Round stage.
The former Indian Open and Shoot Out champion had endured a below-par start to the season by his standards but has impressed en route to reaching the Last 16 for the first time this campaign.
McGill defeated Alfie Burden in the qualifying round in September to clinch his spot in Tianjin – where he has put Sam Craigie and Jack Lisowski to the sword with four century breaks along the way.
World Championship semi-finalist in 2020, McGill enjoyed a dramatic 13-12 victory over O’Sullivan in the Last 16 at The Crucible the following year to dethrone the defending champion.
That famous win ended a run of six consecutive head-to-head defeats for the Scot since their first meeting back in 2011.
The match gets under way from 11.30am GMT and will be contested over the best of 11 frames, with multiple ranking event winner Ali Carter awaiting the winner in Thursday’s Quarter-Finals.
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